The key to building in public is how comfortable you are sharing your experience. It's all about sharing your knowledge and experiences. Everyone creates differently in public, and that's fine.
Some companies prefer to share revenue, while others do not. Some people prefer to write long blogs, while others prefer to tweet all the facts as they go.
People in the creator and founder area typically share their learnings and outcomes on Twitter, YouTube, TikTok, blog articles, or in particular locations such as Indie Hackers, Product Hunt, Hackernews, or Reddit.
The most essential aspect, in my opinion, is that it represents a genuine shift toward honesty and openness rather than the artificial hustling mentality that has long persisted in our society.
When communities are established for scalability and broader audiences, it becomes much more difficult to engage on a deeper level. And it is in the depths that things might get truly interesting.
One should enjoy building in public.
The objective should not be to convert individuals into consumers, but rather to change people's perspectives about your community's domain.
The finest public builders are those who are true, open, and informative. It does, however, require time and help to get there.
I've learned a lot from individuals that build communities in public and continue to learn a lot from them. The sensation of camaraderie may be incredible. Its absence may sometimes be unpleasant and disappointing.
Getting recognition and a following is great, but it frequently changes the mood. The more mature the community gets, the less depth you may have with others. It evolves into something that must be handled.
Whether you're just getting started or have been working in public for a while, building community may always add a crucial dimension of depth and support that you won't get elsewhere.
Building community is difficult since the emphasis is on progressively developing deeper ties and understanding of one another. We do this while occasionally discussing the projects we're working on. The depth helps us to better assist one another.
I often make strong connections with individuals. Because of the added context of mutual trust that the community has, building in the community is preferable than building in public.
At the end of the day, psychological safety is what allows for more candid interactions, which in turn increases the likelihood of true relationships.
The community's feedback is a great ways to understand and shape your community. To develop something from the ground up, can provide a professional, honest, and helpful reaction.
The purpose of community building is to open up while also allowing for the development of relationships for everyone. Often with the intention of meeting these folks in person one day.
It's better to have a small team of moderators as well to assist you in small tasks. This might also begin with simply two people. The idea is to gradually create trust and relationships with individuals on your level.
Pensil is an all-in-one tool for this. You can utilize emails to invite members to the community, followed by a virtual event for face-to-face communication. What matters is that these methods are inbuilt into the Pensil, so you don't have to play around with different tools. The idea here is to gather an audience, share things, and engage them.
Many users might fade away on their own or never truly acquire traction. Don't let this discourage you from attempting to invite new ones.
It's better to have some rules & regulations for the community, like behaving with each other in a good manner or staying active at least once in 2 weeks. These regulations create an intriguing atmosphere; it's the first community where members simply turn up and discuss. People realize why they are there. They are held accountable by the regulations.
This community can also be very engaging with as few as 10-30 individuals. You don't want too many people when you're trying to develop a community. Over a period of time, it can grow to become huge.
If you already have a large community? You can implement these rules even now to re-invent engagement.
People always have excellent intentions of showing up, but it is far more difficult to do so in actuality. The best suggestion is to find the energy and form a small group around it.
There is no single approach to creating a sense of community. The fact is that the mix of users and community development has the potential to be miraculous.
Anyone, regardless of their ambitions or desires, may just develop and accomplish things openly in the community. Or, of course, public.
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